Wednesday, 14th September 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Gorple Lower Reservoir, Widdop Gate, Hebden Dale, Gibson’s Mill, Hardcastle Crags, Walshaw and Walshaw Dean Reservoirs.
Start Point: Clough Foot reservoir Grid Reference: SD 946 323
Distance: 8.25 miles Ascent: 1,400 feet
Time: 4.5 hours    
Weather: Light showers in first hour. Blustery on the moor tops.
Comments: 16 ramblers survived the tortuous route to the start. The walk was straightforward by comparison! Good views and an ice-cream stop! All the grouse seen and heard over Wadsworth Moor on the recce had disappeared. As it was a month after the “glorious twelfth”, we fear the worst. NB The map says Wadsworth Moor, but local signage insists that it is “Walshaw and Lancashire Moor”, notwithstanding that we had crossed into the White Rose County!

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

The journey there was interesting!

 

A lonely Pack Horse PH near Gorples Reservoir

 

A sheep's eye view of the Gorples reservoir dam

 

At Lower Gorples Reservoir

 

Windswept water of Gorples reservoir

 

A top up of the reservoir is on its way

 

Gate posts - but not those of Widdop Gate

 

Leaving Widdop Gate for Hardcastle Crags . . .

 

and Hebden Dale

 

A steep descent to Hebden Water

 

Some interesting rock formations

 

A sheltered spot for . . .

 

our morning respite at Hardcastle Crags

 

And then the sun came out

 

Hebden Water and Dale

 

White water on Hebden Water

 

Gibson Mill (see National Trust website for more info)

 

No mention of Ramblers (on wall of Gibson Mill)

 

A two storey toilet block at Gibson Mill

 

Typical scenery of the area

 

A remote Walshaw Lodge

 

Not to be confused with horrible

 

A distant Stoodley Pike

 

A grand residence at Dean Reservoir

 

Shooting Butts on Wadsworth Moor

 

Don't shoot the photographer

 

Walshaw Dean reservoirs

 

Among the heather at Walshaw and Lancashire Moors

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